gave Israel a saviour

2 Kings 13:5

13:5 gave Israel a saviour. For some reason this “saviour” is not named. The best explanation for this silence is that none of the kings in Jehu’s line were “given” by God. They succeeded to the throne merely because of God’s promise to Jehu that his seed would occupy Israel’s throne to the fourth generation (II Kings 15:12). It may be that this “saviour” (or “deliverer”) was the Assyrians, whose attacks on the Syrians at this time forced Hazael and Ben-hadad to abandon their campaign against Israel.

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